Affairs of the Heart #2. “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”

Affairs of the Heart #2. “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”

“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care”― Emily Dickinson.

The first part of Emily Dickenson’s quote has been often used as a means of justification; as if to say, “I couldn’t help myself.” Some tell stories ending in fairy-tales, but some in trainwrecks.

However, far be it from me to suggest that a good heart shouldn’t want what it wants. Solomon dedicates his Old Testament book, “Song of Solomon,” to the glories of true love. True love is a spiritual experience.

Everybody longs for a heart of fulfilment. All around us we see hopeful souls engaging in work and pleasure to satisfy the longings of their hearts. Sadly, many descend into experimentation with mind numbing substances and destructive relationships, putting themselves into deep misery. When seeing this, we must be kind. All of us can end up in places we never thought possible—remember King David?

Only Jesus can give the one thing that all hearts want most: Peace! He promises:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

That peace enters your heart at baptism. It is then that The Spirit of God makes His abode within you and your body becomes a “Temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Paul goes on to say that you are to “honour God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Of course, you are to be vigilant to guard your heart from being overwhelmed by the desires of the flesh and the troubles of this world. You must, as Peter commands:

“In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

That is a heart worth wanting!

John Staiger

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